Implant Dentistry in Birmingham, AL
Dental Implants are a relatively new procedure and have changed what Dentists today can do now for patients with missing teeth. Instead of using bridges or partial dentures to replace missing teeth, a dental implant can be placed. The missing tooth will be replaced and back to its original look and feel, without the need to adjust or bother any of the adjacent teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
An Implant is a really simple procedure, and is not as invasive as most people think. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the area of the missing teeth. After placement of the dental implant, it generally needs to be left alone for about four months for lower missing teeth and about six months for upper missing teeth. During this time, the bone around the dental implant becomes fused to the implant, so it almost acts as a root of a tooth. After the dental implant has become completely healed, next Dr. Curry can place the abutment and crown. Dr. Curry makes sure to place an abutment and crown that does not show that dreaded “metal line” at the top of the crown that so many people see on old crowns. The goal of the implant is to make it as natural looking as possible. After the crown is cemented onto the implant, you can eat, floss, and chew gum, etc, without worrying about it coming off or breaking.
One requirement before the placement of a dental implant would be having enough bone where the tooth is missing. Sometimes, a bone graft is required to be placed in order for this area to have enough bone to hold the implant in place. This can be determined via radiograph or simply by coming to Dr. Curry’s office for an evaluation.
What does a Dental Implant cost?
Depending on what Dental Insurance you may have, this cost can vary. Most insurance companies do not cover the placement of the Dental Implant, but will however pay for a portion of the crown that is placed to restore the Implant. Placement of the Implant is generally in the range of $1,200. Four to six months later, when the abutment and crown is placed, this can be covered somewhat by Dental Insurance, if not the cost is around $1,600 to restore the implant. These prices can vary per patient. Call Dr. Stuart Curry’s Dental Office today or come in for an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for a Dental Implant!